Harsh Noise Wall is an idea that keeps cropping up in whispered conversations and the dingy backrooms of online forums. Thanks to a couple of insanely heavy releases on Glasgow’s At War With False Noise the most visible proponent of this form so far is France’s Vomir (aka Romain Perrot). Since I’m a embarrassingly typical British unilingual excuse for a human, Vomir was good enough to clear up a few of my queries and explain his take on the HNW tag in English.
First of all thanks for your support and concern. It is said that I make awful sound when I vomit. Also the act of (deliberately) vomiting is very strong in my opinion, it can reflect my sound.
Guitar noise at first, some improvised noise / harsh noise basically (and Romprai Etron was vomitcore oriented). I also played in other bands (Freyja, Mahayoni Mudra and Arschgeil) and did collaborations from time to time. The first Vomir CD-r was silence with vomit voice/noise blasts, since then I’ve just worked exclusively on pure noise.
100 % about the concept, though I think there are different philosophies developed in HNW.
For me, the primary focus was harsh noise purity - a concept The Rita developed first. My dedication is to no dynamics, no change, no development, no ideas. Total static harsh noise, crusting, crushing, crackling. My philosophy tends towards seclusion, withdrawal but other HNW philosophy can be Giallo inspired, Lebanese pride or gear-only oriented.
Sound. Each one of us makes different sound. HNW is the most intense & profound harsh noise.
As I often say, for me HNW is silence.
I don't 'want' anything from people. Every listener can have a different approach. There must be only about 50 people all over the world who are really into HNW. When the At War With False Noise label releases a CD or a LP, I nevertheless do hope that some listeners will be 'caught' in the noise, that during the listening time there would be nothing but noise, or (as someone corrected me) nothing but nothing.
You got it!
The idea was to release a CD that would interest first the HNW harsh heads then, with a more textured sound, catch the ear of a more diverse audience, to lead them into noise purity. This textured sound, and HNW in general, has this great 'thing' that everyone will have a different listening experience due to your particular hear, inner hear, listening space etc...
The 'concept' of a live set - I call it unLive as it is acousmatic - is to separate the audience from everything around them. This is why I ask to put a plastic bag over my head - Sensory deprivation. Withdrawal from one another. HNW. Nothingness. The making and the streaming of sound reflects it.
Piles and piles of noise records, Japanese dolls and looking at human filth & obscenity.
-- Scott McKeating (25 February, 2009)